Fans have claimed Lorde’s Solar Power sounds similar to a George Michael song (Picture: YouTube)
George Michael’s estate has weighed in on the comparisons between Lorde’s new song Solar Power, and the late singer’s classic Freedom ’90.
The New Zealand popstar came back with the single, the first from her third album of the same name, after a four year absence and appeared in a sun-drenched video dancing around on a beach.
Fans have highlighted what they feel are similarities on social media, joking that Michael’s estate should receive some sort of remuneration.
His estate posted a brief statement on his website giving their take on the issue, saying they ‘wish her every success’.
It read: ‘We are aware that many people are making a connection between Freedom ’90 by George Michael and Solar Power by Lorde which George would have been flattered to hear, so on behalf of one great artist to a fellow artist, we wish her every success with the single.’
Explaining the meaning behind the record, Lorde said in a statement to fans: ‘The album is a celebration of the natural world, an attempt at immortalising the deep, transcendent feelings I have when I’m outdoors.
The late singer released Freedom ’90 in 1990 (Picture: Getty)
‘In times of heartache, grief, deep love, or confusion, I look to the natural world for answers. I’ve learnt to breathe out, and tune in. This is what came through.’
We still don’t have a release date, but the Royals singer said it would be coming ‘very soon’.
Freedom ’90, released in 1990, famously featured supermodels in the video including Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford.
Michael, who was also the frontman of 80s pop group Wham!, was found dead at his Goring-on-Thames home on Christmas Day 2016 aged 53.
A coroner later ruled that he died of natural causes – dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and a build-up of fat in his liver.